(note: for illustrative purposes, I will be focusing in on race in the rest of the post, because filtering everything by race is ridiculous, and it runs both ways. Thus, I'll be ridiculous. You are warned.)
Police work can be a hard thing. It's especially hard because, in addition to dealing with scumbags who either want to run or drive away, or punch, stab, or shoot you, you also have to deal with the legacy of institutionalized racism that plagued the country, cultural shit that's piled up as a result, and people who can generalize any situation for political advantage.
Enter Cambridge, MA police sergeant James Crowly (white). Upon investigating a call into 911, where the caller (white) saw two men (maybe Hispanic) breaking into a house, he encountered Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr (black). The story according to Crowly (white) was that Gates (black), was belligerent, and refused to back down, forcing the officer (white) to arrest him (black). Gates (black), on the other hand, claims racial profiling.
It doesn't matter that Crowly (white) trains police cadets (mostly white, probably) on how to avoid racial profiling in the performance of their job (formerly enforcing White Power?).
Reverened Al Sharpton (black) and the rest of the race whores (blacker than black), Massachussetts governor Deval Patrick (black), and President Barack Obama (half and half) also stepped up in condemnation (the President (h&h) referring to the officers (white) as "acting stupidly" then backing off as he learned more facts). In fact Obama (h&h) has invited both Crowly (white) and Gates (black) to the White House (white with black filling until at least 2013) for a beer. No word on the color of the beer has been released by the TOTUS (transparent).
So for NOT racially profiling black professors and avoiding controversy by doing his job the way Martin Luther King Jr (color blind) would want it done, Sergeant Crowly deserves a little asshattery (white), with a side dish of sarcasm (black).